New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to give the inquiry report to CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. It said that the CVC report will be given to CBI Director Alok Verma in a sealed cover and he can file his response and then court can take a decision. Next hearing in the case will be held on Tuesday, November 20.
Hearing CBI director Alok Verma’s plea challenging the government’s order that sent him on a leave in view of the corruption charges against him, the top court said that there is no need for the government to file any response at this stage. The court also turned down Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana’s request that the CVC report be provided to him as well. (Also read: Patiala Court Extends Judicial Custody of Middleman)
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said the Central Vigilance Commission report should also be given to Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The confidentiality of the CVC report is needed to protect public confidence in CBI and sanctity of the institution, it said.
The top court observed during the hearing that the CVC report is “very uncomplimentary” on some charges against Verma and said a further probe was needed on some aspects. It said Verma should file his response in a sealed cover by Monday.
“CVC has filed an exhaustive report. The report has been categorised and is very complimentary on some charges, not so complimentary some charges and very uncomplimentary on some charges. CVC report says some charges are required to be investigated and they need time,” the bench said while claiming that the CVC inquiry, which was being supervised by former apex court judge Justice AK Patnaik, has given an exhaustive report on the various charges against Verma.
With regard to the charges against Verma, the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the report of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) placed before it. The bench also had, before it, the report of acting CBI director M Nageswara Rao on the decisions taken by him between October 23 and 26.
On November 12, the CVC had filed in the apex court its preliminary enquiry report.
Allegations have been levelled against Verma by his deputy Asthana against whom an FIR has been lodged by the CBI on graft charges. Asthana was also sent on leave by the Centre.
The court said it will consider the matter pertaining to decisions taken by acting CBI director M Nageswara Rao from October 23-26 on the next date of hearing.
(Inputs from PTI)